Words by Nicole Thomsen
March 21st, 2016
The classic Breton top has been a wardrobe staple ever since Madame Coco Chanel included it as part of her Resort collection in 1917. While it may have been originally designed the century beforehand for members of the French navy, Chanel was the first to highlight its appropriateness for women’s everyday wardrobes. Since then, every It girl from Audrey Hepburn to Alexa Chung has donned its stripes, incarnating its style. And while the Breton stripe is the most classic and revered form of stripes, it’s not the only way to wear spring’s biggest trend.
As trends come, stripes is perhaps the most dominant of all. It may lie quiet for a season or two but it’s never long before it’s popping up all over the runway again. For spring/summer 2016, stripes is the graphic design to champion. From the subtle pinstripes at Ralph Lauren to the bold rainbow stripes at Chloé, fashion has come a long way from the sailor stripes of the past. With a trend so broad it can be easy to find yourself lost as to how to style it, so the fashion team at maven46 is going to show you three different ways to style the same old trend. You’ll never be stuck for inspiration again.
While the running theme on the catwalk for SS16 was stripes head-to-toe, to make this trend more wearable on the street I’ve focused on just one patterned item and paired it with tonal basics.
This cotton jumpsuit from Mango is the perfect way to work stripes in the warmer months for the minimally inclined, plus the cropped length ticks off another trend box. I’ll be wearing it with my favourite suede jacket in a dusty blue colour as it works really well with the pale grey in the jumpsuit and pairing them with pastel pink trainers by Rocket Dog to add a pop of colour to the look.
To top it all off I would throw on this Céline lookalike cross body bag by Matt & Nat. The best part about this jumpsuit though, is that you can just as easily dress it up for an evening out. Swap the trainers for a pair of heels (I’d pair with these red Aquazzura sandals) and off you go.
For this season I’m really into pinstripes as opposed to a lot of the graphic stripes that are around. I like how they fit in with a minimalist, modern aesthetic but manage to introduce a bit of print into your look too. I love this dress from Topshop because it manages to get two trends into one look, the slip dress and stripes. I’ll be wearing this over a simple white tee with some white sneakers and an oversized trench or duster thrown on top- I love this pale blue one from ASOS. This look was partly inspired by DKNY’s SS16 show in New York, where they featured a lot of pinstripes dressed down with sneakers and plain tees.
Stripes are one of my all time favourite trends. It also happens to be huge this season, however, not so much in the conventional, nautical way we are all well used to. Think more about being bolder and brighter with your stripes to add that extra bit of colour to an outfit this summer. As a result, I have teamed a fine knit statement top with a more muted ‘kick out’ flare jean, allowing stripes to have their moment in the spotlight! I added a pair of geometric earrings to give the outfit an extra unique dimension. Lastly, I paired a minimalistic open toe sandal to give the look a nice, clean finish.
Earn your stripes this spring with our pick of the best below.
Read all about spring’s other big trends in our fashion week trend report here.
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